Hunter Education Training

Hunter education promotes safe and ethical hunting practices and introduces new hunters to wildlife management, hunter responsibilities and how to prepare for the hunt. In Manitoba, the Hunter Education Course is available online and through classroom instruction.

For more information on this course, please contact the Manitoba Wildlife Federation at 1-877-633-4868.

Courses are offered in most jurisdictions and certificates awarded by them are recognized in Manitoba.

Hunter Education

All hunters wishing to purchase any Manitoba hunting licence must possess one of the following:

  1. a valid certificate or card that certifies the successful completion of the Manitoba Hunter Education Course or the old Hunter & Firearm Safety Training Course;
  2. OR

  3. a valid equivalent Hunter Education certificate or card from any other jurisdiction; OR
  4. a valid certificate issued under the authority of subsection 4(4) of the Hunter Education Regulation, MR 128/2007 to a person who makes a written declaration that he or she has lawfully held a hunting licence in Manitoba or in another jurisdiction before January 1, 1975.  If you believe you qualify for this exemption, please complete the declaration form and mail it to the Wildlife Permits Clerk at the address noted on the form.  If you qualify, a certificate will be mailed out.  Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing.

If you have previously taken either the Manitoba Hunter Education Course or the old Hunter & Firearm Safety Training Course and you no longer have your card, your first step is to contact the Manitoba Wildlife Federation to obtain a replacement.  If you are not on file, you may still qualify for the Hunter Education Certificate (see point 3 above).  

Many jurisdictions in Canada and the United States have client cards that state the bearer is eligible to obtain a hunting licence in that province or state.  If the card provides evidence that you have graduated from a hunter training course, then it could be considered a Hunter Education Certificate.

Please note that the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and the Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) do not meet the Hunter Education requirement. 

Check with your local wildlife department to access a course or obtain a replacement certificate or card if a course was previously taken.  In Manitoba, please contact:

Manitoba Wildlife Federation
70 Stevenson Road
Winnipeg MB  R3H 0W7
(204) 633-5967, or toll free at (877) 633-4868

You must carry your hunting licence, and any associated game tags, along with your Hunter Education Certificate with you while hunting. You are required to show the licence and certifcate to a Conservation Officer if asked to do so.

The regulation also contains a requirement intended to highlight the principles of safe and ethical hunting. Should you as a hunter choose to ignore the laws and regulations associated with hunting and are convicted of an offence in Manitoba, your eligibility to hold a hunting licence, in addition to any other penalties, will be suspended until you successfully take or retake a hunter education course.